Guild Notes: Vol. 40, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2015)

  • NLG publishes complete Radical Law Student Manual
  • Guildies gear up for annual Law for the People Convention in Oakland, CA
  • New column, "Beyond Bars": Voices from NLG Jailhouse Lawyers
  • People's Tribunals Deliver Justice for Victims of Human Rights Violations
  • Chicago Activists Obtain Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors
  • NLG Legal Observers Monitor Toledo Nazi Counter-Protest
  • NLG Goes to Cuba
  • NLG-NYC Parole Prep Project Sees Sucessful Results
  • Remembering Detroit Newspaper Strike 20 Years Later

Reparations: A Blueprint to address systemic police violence

The City of Chicago made history on Wednesday May 6 when it passed legislation providing reparations to survivors of racially motivated police torture committed between 1972 and 1991. Once implemented, it will offer a measure of hope to survivors, their family members and African American communities devastated by the legacy of torture committed by infamous former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command.

Police Torture and the Death Penalty in Illinois: Ten Years Later

The Nation
January 11, 2013

On January 11, 2003, the world watched as Illinois Governor George Ryan, days before leaving office, granted clemencies to all 163 men and women on death row in his state, reducing their sentences to life without parole. The previous day he had pardoned four death row prisoners—Madison Hobley, Aaron Patterson, Leroy Orange and Stanley Howard—all of whom had been tortured into giving false confessions by police officers working under notorious Chicago police commander Jon Burge.

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